Reports reaching the Daily Observer have confirmed that the Liberian government recently provided US60, 000.00 and LD6.9 million to the Liberia Football Association.
A source at the LFA said the money was part of the GOL’s budget allocation for the Liberia Football Association.
However, information further claimed that EC member Ms. Rochel Woodson reportedly collected much of the money because she pre-financed the recent female national team’s trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone as well as the recent LFA 19th Congress in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
This has become a concern since further information from the training of Junior Lone Star indicates that due to financial difficulties, the team’s training has been reduced to one session a day.
Secretary General Alphonso Armah told the Daily Observer in a telephone interview that as far as he was concerned the team was training two sessions a day, but a source said it has now been reduced to one session.
“There is also much pressure on the players,” a source told the Daily Observer, “since some of them were quoted as having told some journalists that they wanted their training allowance to be increased.”
The players receive Ld200 a day for their two-session training at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
Though up to press time, attempts to contact Ms. Woodson were unsuccessful, a broadcast on Fabric Radio reported that Ms. Woodson claimed she spent Ld2million to pre-finance the female team’s trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone, for their friendly match against their Sierra Leonean counterparts recently.
The Fabric broadcast also reported that Ms. Woodson also pre-financed the 19th Congress Ld2 million.
The national U-20 soccer team is scheduled to play their Ivorian counterparts on May 11 in Monrovia. It is part of the 2015 Africa Youth Championship, and with the despondent spirit in the camp, it does not need a prophet or a juju man to reveal which of the two teams may likely cross to the second round.
The lucky Jr. Lone Star, otherwise known as Satellites, earned their qualification for the second round, courtesy of The Gambia, who admitted using overage players in a tournament that accommodated only players who are under twenty years of age.
Though The Gambia won the first leg 1-0 and had expected to wrap up the second leg in Banjul, effective administration by Liberian sports officials revealed Gambians’ attempt to cheat.
Having earned the first round, Junior Lone Star was expected to have had uninterrupted training but the news is not encouraging.
The latest information does not go well with the objective of preparing the team to win against a good side from the Ivory Coast.
“The players are not happy with the current development,” said a local coach who has attended the players’ training. “The LFA must do better than that.”
Coming from the recent high profile LFA elections, Team Bility will have to make haste to explain what is happening. The senior national team will also play their first leg against Lesotho on May 18 at home.